updated 08:55 am EDT, Thu April 5, 2012
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers get speed and software
Cisco's Linksys badge unveiled a trio of new Smart Wi-Fi routers with updates both for software and the pure technology underneath. The EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700 all support apps that link into the Cisco Connect Cloud web portal to not just administer the router from outside the home network but control attached devices. Cisco has suggested home theater devices like TVs, and even home appliances, could be controlled as long as they're on the same router.
All three are performance updates in supporting higher speeds for the 802.11n Wi-Fi on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. EA2700 owners have fewer antennas and top out at 300Mbps on either band, but EA3500 owners can get 450Mbps if they use the 5GHz frequency. EA4500 users get the full 450Mbps on either band.
All three have four gigabit Ethernet ports and support for extras like guest access and simple parental controls. Opting for an EA3500 adds a USB port for drive and printer sharing, and the EA4500 can act as a DLNA media server when USB devices are plugged in.
Stores should be carrying the new line today at respective prices of $99, $139, and $199 for the EA2700, EA3500, and EA4500.